Southlands Mall Tornado Damage Cleanup
DRI contracted for Southlands Mall tornado damage cleanup
Disaster Restoration, Inc. (DRI) responded to the Southlands Mall in Aurora, Colorado on June 7th after a tornado touched down causing significant damage to the mall. The tornado was one of at least five tornados to hit Colorado that afternoon according to the National Weather Service. Heating and air conditioning units on the roofs of many of the mall buildings were damaged. Debris was scattered throughout Main Street, windows were smashed, and at least one car was overturned. Xcel Energy shut off gas service to the mall after reports of gas line leaks.
DRI Emergency Response Teams moved in quickly to work with Forest City, the Mall Management Company to provide board up for several buildings as well as heavy equipment to access roof tops and remove debris and shattered glass. Glass panels at the top of the mall clock tower were damaged and had to be removed and boarded. Clean up continued for several days as crews worked to help individual stores clean up from flying debris and reopen as soon as it was determined to be safe for the public. DRI crews provided drying equipment to several buildings and contracted for repair work. The Mall re-opened for business on June 9th.